A Maryland environmental agency and the state's Public Service Commission staff have recommended the once problem-plagued 755-MW Keys Energy Center be built near Brandywine in Prince George’s County.The natural-gas-fired plant was first proposed in 2012 as a 735-MW unit that would use recycled water for cooling. Problems siting the water line and the natural-gas pipeline delayed the project.Developer Genesis Power resolved the pipeline issues last spring in an agreement with Pepco to follow Pepco's right-of-way for most of the route. The firm also fixed the cooling issues by changing the unit to include an air-cooled system, says President Robert Place.In
Fishermen's Energy Company officials say state regulators misinterpreted the cost of power produced by the planned project. Related Links: Fishermen's Energy Website Another Industry Setback: N.J. Whacks Fishermen's Offshore Wind Demo Project New Jersey Developer Awarded State Permit for Offshore Farm Danish Pension Fund Invests in Cape Wind Project The developer of a 25-MW pilot offshore wind project, sited three miles from Atlantic City, N.J., plans to challenge state regulators’ unanimous decision on March 20 to deny it energy credits to support construction and financing costs.The state's Board of Public Utilities (BPU) said the estimated $200-million project would need state
State regulators in New Jersey and Maryland are appealing federal court decisions that have challenged the constitutional authority of the states to subsidize the construction of new power generation in their jurisdictions.The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) appealed on Nov. 20 to a federal appellate court in Philadelphia an October district court ruling that had deemed unconstitutional a New Jersey law that allowed the state to subsidize construction of 2,000 MW of natural gas-fired power plants.Board President Robert Hanna would not comment on the appeal because the agency does not comment on pending litigation, said Greg Reinert, a
Related Links: After Dike Failure, TVA Cleans Area Near Kingston Coal Plant Cleanup from TVA Coal Ash Disaster Breaks New Ground The Tennessee Valley Authority should implement a groundwater protection plan to minimize the degradation of aquifers near its coal-fired plants, the Environmental Integrity Project says in a Nov. 6 report. The group credited the federal power producer for its decision to phase out ash ponds and replace them with landfills, which TVA did after about 5.4 million cu yd of wet ash from the 1,456-MW Kingston, Tenn., plant flowed over about 300 acres and into the Emory River in
Related Links: TVA Aims To Expedite Projects Using Lease-Purchase Deals NRC Will Rule by Month's End on TVA Nuclear Plant's Safety Status A former Tennessee Valley Authority chairman wants the federal utility to scrap its plan to invest billions in scrubbing old coal-fired units. Instead, he recommends the TVA complete unfinished nuclear units and add a gas-fired plant via a public-private partnership.Dennis Bottorff, a private-equity firm partner, proposes the P3 approach to finish TVA's 1,256-MW Bellefonte-1 unit in Alabama. TVA approved the $4.9-billion completion in 2011 but said work could begin only after the Watts Bar-2 unit in Tennessee was
Related Links: DOE Approves Fourth LNG Export Facility Richmond, Va.-based Dominion Resources Inc., the third-largest power-utility owner in the U.S., will spend $4.6 billion on generation through 2018 and immediately begin converting the 227-MW Bremo coal-fired plant, located in central Virginia, to burn natural gas after receiving new state approval, company Chairman and CEO Thomas Farrell II told a Wall Street power-and-energy conference in New York City on Sept. 12.The company will complete the conversion of three coal-fired plants to burn biomass this year, he added at the Barclays CEO Energy-Power Conference.Dominion faces a 3,800-MW generation gap over the next
A U.S. District Court judge in Washington, D.C. has dismissed a lawsuit filed last October by three environmental groups last year to stop construction of the Susquehanna-Roseland high-voltage transmission line between Pennsylvania and New Jersey that crosses three national parks. Judge Richard Roberts said Aug. 30 that the decision by the U.S. National Park Service to allow construction of the 500-kV line through the parks was rationally based and that the plaintiffs have not shown it was arbitrary and capricious. The 145-mile line will run from Berwick, Pa., near the PPL Electric Utilities’ Susquehanna nuclear plant, to Roseland, N.J. PPL
Power development Competitive Power Ventures, Silver Spring, Md., will move forward to build a 762-MW natural-gas-fired plant in southwestern Virginia after state regulators scaled back Appalachian Power Co.'s plans to buy capacity from out of state.The Smyth County project, set to cost between $850 million and $900 million, is set to be on line by mid-2015, officials say.Appalachian Power, an American Electric Power subsidiary, operates in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee. CPV also has proposed similarly sized plants in Maryland and New Jersey.
Photo by Andrea Burdett for ENR; inset by Bryan Caniff Family's lawsuit contends that a freestanding flight-monitor structuresuch as this one, which has added temporary wall support (circled)had design changes and construction omissions. Related Links: Lawsuit of Bresette family against Birmingham, Ala. airport renovation construction team members Details Emerge Slowly on Fatal Airport Sign Collapse The Kansas family of a child who was killed when a 300-lb. freestanding flight display collapsed in March at the Birmingham, Ala., airport has sued for unspecified damages the architect, engineers and contractors involved in the terminal's recent renovation.The lawsuit, filed on June 5 in
Photo by Andrea Burdett for ENR; inset by Bryan Caniff Birmingham, Ala. attorney says free-standing flight monitor structure, on which temporary wall support (circle inset) was added, isn't subject to building code enforcement; structures now have been taken down in the airport. Related Links: Father Grieves Son Killed by Sign Collapse (CNN) Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport Modernization Project Airport and city officials in Birmingham, Ala., are providing few details on what caused a 300-lb free-standing flight information display to topple onto a visiting family from Kansas City, leaving a 10-year-old dead and his mother and siblings seriously injured.Participants confirm a probe
As the death toll from the record-setting hurricane mounts in the Bahamas and damage estimates there and in the U.S. head into the billions, industry experts see increasing pressure to address infrastructure resilience.